About the University Honors Program

honors awards ceremony in shields courtyard

The University Honors Program (UHP) enriches the diverse needs of academically high achieving, high potential and socially conscious undergraduates through innovative pedagogy and interdisciplinary opportunities that foster active and collaborative learning, discovery research or creative expression, leadership development, and civic engagement. UHP students are inspired to take intellectual risks, assume campus, community and global leadership roles in a diverse and complex world, become agents of positive social change, and build and pursue inclusive excellence all through critical and close partnerships with faculty, staff and their peers.

Through a small, liberal arts college setting, coupled with the resources and opportunities of a large world-class research university, we offer an enriched multidisciplinary undergraduate education that actively engages critical thinking, affective learning, and interpersonal expression. We encourage personal transformation agency through individual and group awareness, and an ability to critique and provide solutions to systemic issues. We believe that this constructive ethos embodies tomorrow’s leaders.

  • Honors residence halls to foster community with like-minded students
  • Small, interactive classes with selected honors faculty
  • Special opportunities to meet campus visitors including Nobel prize winners, political leaders, and best-selling authors
  • Faculty mentorship support for research projects
  • Dedicated honors counselors who support and guide you through your Aggie career
  • Special gatherings including honors convocations and social events
  • Priority class registration
  • Honors Transcript Notation
  • Graduate-level library privileges

A Living-Learning Community

Students at banquet with a trombone player

UHP students enjoy creative entertainment at their year-end banquet

During their first year at UC Davis, UHP students live in the Honors Living-Learning Community. Located in the newest residence halls on campus, the Honors community gives students a place to develop friendships and work collaboratively outside the classroom environment.  Students live among a group of similarly high-achieving and motivated peers who are registered in related courses, allowing for a strong social foundation that many students keep throughout their college years and beyond. In addition to building a close-knit community, the honors living experience provides a fun, intellectual, and supportive environment, while encouraging active leadership and campus involvement. Honors residents can participate in an abundance of social events, workshops, mixers with professors, and even some Honors Courses!  

If you have any questions about living in the Honors residence hall, please contact honors@ucdavis.edu.

Honors at Graduation

To graduate with honors you must complete the honors program within your own department.  Contact your department for more information about departmental honors.  We recommend that you do this as soon as possible, as graduation with honors generally requires applying to your department, and dedicated units of study. 

More information is about graduation honors is available in the University Catalog.